Update on My 70 in 70 Challenge
Got a Shot at Making It!!!
Not kidding. I might very well actually publish 70 major books in my 70th year on the planet. Kris and everyone at WMG Publishing is super supportive of this crazy idea, and have been from the start last November. And amazingly I have not forgotten the challenge, sort of just kept at it.
At the moment I have 52 books published this year so far with 2.5 months left to go. (I consider major books as any book with my name on the cover. Novel, novella, collection, or anthology where I edited it. I also considered an omnibus a major book but am not doing any of those this year.)
I just turned in Pulphouse #14 which will be out in October. Smith’s #53 is turned in (September Issue) and am working on October and November issues. Counting one of the books in the issues that will be published new this year, that takes me to 57 books.
I have six Pulphouse anthologies to finish putting together and do the introductions. Those will be out by the end of September as promised to get to readers who supported the last Pulphouse Subscription Drive.
That takes me to 63 books.
In my original plan I had ten Pulphouse Anthologies and 10 personal collections. So far I have done two Pulphouse Collections and after the six this month I will end up at eight. I doubt I will do more between now and the middle of November.
I have already done two personal collections, so I have eight more planned. But I only need to do 7 to get to 70 books published. (Collections are easy and I left the easiest to the last.)
In the middle of November, no matter how many I hit, I will post every book in the challenge so you can see them.
So not only am I doing a monthly full magazine with only my work in it, and have been now for 53 issues, I will publish in one year more major books than most writers ever publish in a lifetime.
Yeah, I am proud of that.
By the way, in the year I will also have published just under 60 short stories as well. Stand alone, not in collections.
And I am 70 years old. Just saying.
Well done, Dean, that’s terrific!
That’s amazing, Dean! Well done.
Curious to know if these books are all in different genres?
I only ask because I’ve been told by other writers that for someone at my level (early stage) it would be best if I focus on writing/publishing in ONE genre alone. They tell me not to bother with bouncing around unless I have different pennames.
Would you agree with that advice?
Thanks, Dean. Looking forward to seeing how this challenge ends and reading some fine stories.
Frank, that advice is so 1995. Absolutely stupid for 2021. And you can tell the idiots who said it I said so. (grin)
Those folks are only concerned about end product and sales numbers, not enjoying the storytelling. Run from them.
As for what genes my books are in, well some are between genres, some are mystery, some are science fiction, some are fantasy and Twilight Zone like. Some are time travel westerns with romance. Smith’s Monthly, my monthly magazine, just as Pulphouse, is multi-genre.
Glad I didn’t listen to them!
I find myself writing all types of stories and can never stick to one genre. Too many damn stories in my head to get out! Thanks, Dean.
Just how does one go about making a nice living at indie publishing Dean? Oh wait, you just told us!!! Congrats! I’d say keep up the good work, but it’s obvious you’re having fun, not working. News like this makes trad editors/publishers heads explode! I know this from personal experience ha ha!
Hmm. Ready inspiration for those undertaking the Great Publishing Challenge, eh?
T Thorn Coyle
You’re an inspiration for all writers. Well done. I have no doubt you make the 70 in 70 🙂
“Just saying.” I love the understatement. 🙂
Thanks for the continued inspiration. So much to aspire to. Brilliant!
Awesome and inspiring!
Well done, Dean. Congratulations! Very inspiring.
I loved this crazy challenge from the moment you set it. Never had a doubt that you’d hit it. Congratulations!
Well done, Dean! And you make it seem effortless, even behind the scenes.
That’s because our offices are far enough apart you can’t hear all the whining. (grin)
That’s awesome, Dean! I’m looking forward to seeing the victory lap!
Congrats Dean! Way to go!
Truly inspiring. You always do what you preach.
Good for us to aspire for.
Thanks & Keep writing….
Oh, trust me, the moment I can’t write anymore for any reason, I will stop teaching. Thanks, Desikan.